Yes, singular word, BLOCK. It takes 2 to make ONE. I’m part IRISH and naturally I am partial to this pattern…
If you recognized it as an Irish Chain you would be correct. Actually it is called Double Irish Chain. And it looks really intense with all those little squares, but let me show you a quick way to get perfect squares without all the cutting and sewing each one.
Go to your Jelly Rolls and see what you have on hand that would work. I am going to make Block One using strips sewn together..
This pattern requires odd number of rows and columns to make a symetrial quilt pattern.
The strip sets require the dark to be your main “chain” through out your entire quilt.. so make sure you have enough fabric in that DARK to make the size quilt you want. **note: I used some left over jelly rolls to illustrate what your strip sets should look like. Feel free to use any colors you want…if you don’t have Jelly rolls, then cut strips of fabric 2.5 inches wide by the width of fabric from what you have on hand.**
dark, medium, light, medium dark. Sew your strips together in that order.. see picture above for set one.
Medium, dark, medium, dark, medium
light, medium, dark, medium, light.
For ONE block you will need to cut —-
2 strips of set one 2.5 inches wide.
2 strips of set two 2.5 inches wide
1 strip of set three 2.5 inches wide
I hope you can see how this is going to look.. SEW those Strip sets together to match the photo.. or sew strips as follows: strip set one, strip set two, strip set three, strip set two, strip set one. (that is 5 colums across and 5 down)
Block two is rather simple and you can cut the sides and corners from 2.5 inch strips.. It’s only that center block that requires some wider fabric… It is a 6.5 x 6.5 square of matching fabric in the LIGHT from your block one fabric selection.
The sides are also from that same light fabric. The corners need to match the Medium fabric from block one.. and there it is… Two FABRICS for Block Two.
These 4 blocks took me a couple hours from deciding and finding some fabric; taking photos as I went along took up a wee bit of time, but the writing was the hardest part.. any quiestions? leave me a comment or go to my inspiration link for more information… http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/double-irish-chain-quilt-pattern.html
Granny Judy, May 2012